Working with young people with learning disabilities

Arts & Leadership for Young People

Autumn Term 2020

photo of young people passing a baton with 'Passing the Baton' logo and drama masks

DIY’s Passing the Baton Drama Club

  • Are you 10 – 25 years old?
  • Do you want to have fun & meet new people?
  • Do you want to develop your drama skills?

Sessions are on Tuesday Nights 6pm – 7pm (term time only). Please email Hebe at to join us!

Together with You Can Youth Club we are currently running Drama Sessions safely using Zoom – a free online platform. Click here to see the ‘How-to-use-Zoom’ Easy Read guide, (thanks to Learning Disability Wales for the use of this resource). You will need access to a phone, computer or tablet that has internet connection to join these sessions. We will all have our camera’s on so we can see one another, and there will always be 2 DIY Staff members in every Zoom. Over time, we hope to transition this group back into face-to-face delivery.

When I first started Zoom I found it hard, but because we’ve been doing it more, I’ve found it easier.”


I like it when I can see my friends on Zoom and I think the games are really good.”

During 2020 our Passing the Baton Drama Club members have:

  • Worked with professional musicians Sarah Atter & Andrea Vogler to develop their music, rhythm and junk percussion skills
  • Been inspired by professional circus artist Rosalyne Norford, and circus company Poppins Presents to develop their circus skills
  • Created characters for ‘Circus Tricks’ – a devised, musical, circus inspired performance!
During Lockdown, Drama Club members have stayed connected and creative.
  • 3 young people have continued their Explore Arts Award Journeys whilst at home. Well done!


I would like to do more drama because I’ve become more confident. When I very first started drama I was very shy. And I just seen it and just joined in and I got more confident.”

Drama Club is a place for young disabled people to play games, gain drama skills and confidence. Through Creative Arts like Drama, Music & Crafts, young people develop communication, teamwork and collaboration skills.

All sessions are free and everybody is welcome to learn new skills, have fun and make friends! If you would like to speak to someone to find out more, please contact Hebe at

DIY’s Passing the Baton Young Leaders Group

  • Are you 16 – 30 years old?
  • Do you want to develop your leadership skills?
  • Do you want to plan your own projects and work with others to make them happen?

CLICK HERE to find out more

Arts & Leadership in our Schools Outreach

DIY’s Passing the Baton works in partnership with local schools to deliver arts projects to children and young people.

During 2019 DIY has worked with:

  • Chatsworth Futures – delivering a 10 week Explore Arts Award Project on the theme of ‘Environment!’ The project supported students to prepare a performance poem that was shared as part of ‘Chatsworth’s Got Talent’. Four learners achieved their Explore Arts Award.
  • Chatsworth Futures – here we enjoyed delivering a six week Discover Arts Award Project on the theme of ‘Seaside!’ using sensory theatre techniques.
  • Chatsworth High School – working with Year 10 & 11 students. Our Young Leaders supported the students to develop their Music & Leadership skills, including delivering a music workshop to younger students as part of ‘ChatsFest!’ Music Festival. We had a lovely time.
  • Springwood Primary School – delivering sensory theatre workshops on the theme of Space. We also supported students with their Explore Arts Award.

Four of our Young Leaders have completed their Arts Award Advisor Training which means they are now qualified to deliver Discover and Explore projects.

If you would like DIY to come to your school, please email Hebe at

The DIY Guide to Leading it . . . Our way!

Arts participation and leadership with young people with learning disabilities.

This guide aims to share ideas and examples gained through our work with young people. It is not offered as a ‘How to do Arts Award’ guide, but rather a way of sharing a few of the ideas and activities which have worked well for us. We hope you find some of our approaches useful in developing your own projects.

Link to Leading it Our Way booklet


“Without DIY young people with a Learning Disability wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn or grow in a creative and independent way. We wouldn’t challenge social norms of what people with a Learning Disability can do and if we don’t challenge the system the world does not change, and we cannot grow or move on.” Di Critchley, Development Officer, Salford CC


DIY Theatre Company would like to thank the following organisations for their support for this work

Logos of our funders, The National Lottery Community Fund, Youth Music, and of the National Lottery via Arts Council England, Salford CVS and NHS Salford CCG, Arts Award, and partner You Can.